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Belfast Fashion Week is back with an underground twist

Bumper to bumper style at opening show

Belfast Fashion Week, one of the city's most popular events and an integral part of the busy shopping and fashion scene, is back with an underground twist.

This October the runway shows move to a dedicated new space at the Europa Fashion Week centre in Glengall Street.

But before that, the opening night will kick off the jam-packed schedule with an edgy, underground car park show in Victoria Square on Wednesday 13 October.

Every audience member can have a front row view of all the latest trends on a steel runway which will snake its way around the car park.

Fashion Week director Cathy Martin said: “I never get bored of fashion, and never want any of our audience members to get bored of Fashion Week, so we brainstorm every season to come up with new ideas and fresh locations.

"The car park idea is very urban, very edgy and very cool. And speaking of cool, anyone worried about the temperature in the car park can rest assured that it is really quite warm under there!"

Featuring the latest collections from House of Fraser, Cruise, Urban Outfitters, Ted Baker and Reiss, among others, the Victoria Square show once again provides another ‘first’ for the city by the event’s creative team. 

The following night the catwalk moves to Glengall Street where a night of designer shows follows, with Una Rodden and Alan Beattie among those showcasing, as well as the region’s top boutiques such as Silk in Newry, SarahJane Boutique in Magherafelt, The Boudoir Dungannon and Candy Plum in Hillsborough. 

"The new location for the main catwalk shows in Glengall Street is superb, as our growing audiences prefer larger venues with plenty of space to mingle and watch the shows," added Cathy.

For the first time, Fashion Week will add to its master class series with a model industry master class including top experts from the industry in Ireland as well as special guest, stylist Grace Woodward, who is a judge on popular TV show Britain’s Next Top Model.

Taking place on Saturday 16 October, the one day course will allow participants to walk away with portfolio shots by top fashion photographer Khara Pringle as well as learning about how to get on in the industry – how to pose, how to walk, how to manage portfolios and how to stand out at castings.

One lucky girl on the day will be chosen to model in the finale show, giving her a once in a lifetime opportunity to kick start her career. But all bookings include a ticket to the finale show, so everyone will get to soak up the atmosphere.

Rounding off the schedule is the now popular Style Sunday event, which will take place in James Street South restaurant on Sunday 17 October and support charity Mencap.

The chic event will see style experts - including designer Una Rodden and stylist Stephen Mageean from Cruise in Victoria Square - team up with make up artist Paddy McGurgan and experts from Boots to take an up close and personal look at the trends for the season between courses.

They’ll also take questions and are available for one-to-one sessions on the day. Bookings for this three course luncheon by Great British Menu chef Niall McKenna can be made directly at the restaurant on 02890434310

The show runs from 13 to 17 October 2010. More details including design competition and master class information are available online at Catwalk tickets, which cost £12.00, are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 02890246609 or via the website. Ticket price includes a goodie bag.

What's on when and where


Show: Opening night @ Victoria Square

Details: Collections from this shopping destination in an underground carpark runway show including CRUISE, House of Fraser, Reiss, Ted Baker, Urban Outfitters and many more.

Where: Victoria Square underground carpark

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £12.00


Show: Designers and boutiques

Details: Including Rio, Brazil/BT9, Candy Plum (Hillsborough), Silk (Newry), Sarah-Jane (Magherafelt), The Boudoir (Dungannon), The White Bicycle, MeMe Lingerie, Una Rodden and Alan Beattie.

Where: Europa Fashion Week Centre, Glengall Street

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £12.00


Show: High Street

Details: Including French Connection, Exhibit, Liberty Blue, Spiral Threads, Marks & Spencer, Blue Inc, Wonderbra, Hot Diamonds and many more.

Where: Europa Fashion Week Centre, Glengall Street

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £12.00


Show: Finale

Details: A ‘best of the week’ show and the Diet Coke ‘Love it Light’ student design competition winner

Where: Europa Fashion Week Centre, Glengall Street

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £12.00


Show: Style Sunday

Details: Take an up close and personal look at latest trends for Autumn/Winter 2010 with Una Rodden and Stephen Mageean from CRUISE. They will talk through this season’s styles accompanied by make up artist Paddy McGurgan and top hair stylists.

Where: James Street South, Belfast

Time: 1pm

Tickets: £45.00 pp to include delicious 3 course lunch & cocktail (in aid of Mencap).

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